Miscellaneous Lewis and Clark County, Montana Obituaries


Eleanor Fisher 
Eleanor Katherine Fisher, 81, died Aug. 21, 2000, at her residence in East Helena. 
Eleanor was born on June 23, 1919, in Mott, N.D., to Peter and Katherine Mayer. 
Shortly after school, she married Howard Fisher in Helena Dec. 26, 1940. She was a devoted housewife and mother. Howard preceded her in death, Oct. 13, 1984. 
Eleanor enjoyed spending time outdoors. Her hobbies included fishing, camping, knitting and sewing. She was active member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, the Sts. Cyril Alter Society and the Rocky Mountain Community Homemakers. She also served as a Head Start volunteer. 
Survivors include her son, Mark Fisher of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters, Patricia Settle of Miles City, Mary Belle Fisher of Cambridge, Mass, Faye Fisher of Tucson, Ariz., Barbara Fisher-Senger of Great Falls; sister, Alice Bequette, Fruitland, Idaho; three grandchildren, Kate, Meaghan and Ian. 
Visitation will be today, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home Chapel. Vigil service will be held Wednesday evening, Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church. The funeral mass will be Thursday, Aug. 24, at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church 11 a.m. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery following the funeral mass. 
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of St. Peter’s, 2312 Lockey Ave., Helena, MT 59601-9961 , or to Cancer Committee, Inc. PO Box 4494, Helena, MT 59604-4494.

Culla W. Kelson 
Culla W. (Kretlow) Kelson, 78, died of emphysema Monday in a Great Falls Hospital. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Highgate House, 3000 11th Ave., Great Falls. Memorials are suggested to the Cascade County Humane Society. 
She was born May 23, 1922, in Helena to Carl and Alice (Jungers) Kretiow. 
Culla attended schools in Helena and graduated from Helena High School in 1940 and later from a fashion design school in Los Angeles. 
During World War II she served in the Women’s Air Corps from May 24, 1943, until her honorable discharge June 16, 1945. 
She married Tony Kelson in Billings in 1966. He died Aug. 2, 1998. 
Survivors include daughter, Mary Ann Kelson of Seattle, son, Anthony Peter Kelson III of Great Falls. She is also survived by an aunt, Letty (Jungers) Kockler of Helena.

On Nov. 26, 2000, Alice Wittmere called it quits. She did so without the permission of her daughters, Lorna Cameron and Susan Sullivan; her son-in-law, Ed Cameron and without the consent of her grandchildren, Guy, Ann and Joan Cameron; Mark, Michael and Steven Sullivan and Maura Williams. Nor did she consult with her seven great grandchildren. 
Alice Hill Easbey was born in Chinook Feb. 1, 1913, to Catherine and Charles Easbey. She was born eighth of 12 children. She is survived by two sisters, LNora Pershall of Oregon and Susan Vikse of Minnesota. 
Alice was employed for many years as a grocery clerk. Her first job was at Buttrey in Chinook while she attended high school. She later worked in Helena for her brother, Jim Easbey, at the Tower Market; which was followed with several years at Safeway. After her retirement she fell into baby sitting for a few families, not by choice but by accident. She became very close to these families and they treated her as one of their own. 
Alice was a member of the First Christian Church for over forty years. Her church, family and friends were very important to her, but the most important thing in her life was her personal relationship with God. 
A small family tribute was held in Washington on Dec. 3. A memorial service is tentatively scheduled to be held during the month of June in Helena so her friends and family can celebrate her happiness.

Eva Elizabeth Hubbard 
Eva Elizabeth Hubbard, 80, a longtime resident of Helena, passed away after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002. She was born near Rexburg, Idaho, Dec. 29, 1921, to G. Lelen and Martha (Galbraith) Weekes. 
She resided with her parents, sisters and brothers on the family farm at Archer until her marriage to Winton Hubbard on May 22, 1940. Win and Eve farmed in the Archer area until 1946 when they moved into Rexburg. They moved to Montana about 1950 and had made their home in Helena since 1956. Eve worked as a cosmetician at Fligelman’s Department Store, and as a retail fashion consultant and saleswoman at Rogene’s Dress Shop. She retired from Rogene’s about 1978. Win and Eve celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in Helena May 22, 1990. 
Eve enjoyed bowling, playing cards, reading and dancing. One special memory was dancing with Guy Lombardo at the Columbia Gardens at Butte in the 1950s. 
Eve was an exceptional woman and friend. She was a loving mother and companion, and her family was indeed blessed to have her at their side throughout the years. 
Eva was preceded in death by her husband on Aug. 23, 1995, and two baby daughters in 1942 and 1949. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Delpha Beck and Lillian Bell. 
She is survived by her daughter, Eloyce (Tom) Kockler, and her son, Bill (Vickie) Hubbard, all of Helena; her grandchildren, Greg (Terry) Kockler, Helena; Mark (Renee) Kockler, Whitehall; Brian Hubbard, Tony Hubbard of Helena; Kerry (R.C.) Payne of Okinawa; great-grandchildren Krista and Kurt Kockler; Alecia and Dylan Hubbard of Helena and Jonathan Hubbard and Madison Payne of Okinawa. In addition, she is survived by sisters Clea Briggs, Artella Schneiter, Anita (Jay) Peterson of the Archer, Idaho, area; Leah Andersen of Rigby, Idaho; Maxine (LeRoy) Hope of Idaho Falls; brothers J. L. Weekes of Lander, Wyo. and DeVar (Gwen) Weekes of Rexburg. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 
There are no funeral services scheduled in Helena. The family will receive friends between the hours of 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Retz Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg, Idaho. Burial will be at the Rexburg Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Greg and Mark Kockler; Brian and Tony Hubbard, great-grandson, Kurt Kockler, and nephew, Ed Andersen. Honorary pallbearer will be R. C. Payne. 
Arrangements are by Retz Funeral Home of Helena and Flamm Funeral Home of Rexburg. 

Delbert Henry Williams 
Delbert Henry Williams, age 81, died at his home Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002. 
He fought a courageous battle with cancer and passed away in the presence of his loving family. 
Delbert served his country in the Navy during WWII from 1941 to 1947 aboard the USS Dortch (670). 
After WWII he met and married Daphne Langman in 1947 and began farming east of Sweetgrass until 1982. Delbert and Daphne retired from farming and moved to Lakeside. In 1994 they moved to Helena and resided at 225 Wallace St. 
Delbert enjoyed music, billiards, painting, fishing and wildlife. He and Daphne performed music at various rest homes in the Helena area. Delbert was a life member of the VFW, member of the National Rifle Association and the Treasure State Wheelers (Good Sam Club). 
He was preceded in death by his parents Tom and Anna Mae Williams, brother Tom and a sister Amy Nevilles. 
He is survived by wife Daphne; sons Brad of Helena and Wade of Fairbanks, Alaska; sisters Jeannette McDonald, Shelby, and Anna Mae Purcell from Billings; sister-in-law Berma Weatherly and her children, Greg and Debra of Kalispell, and five grandchildren Aaron, Phillip, Brandon, Bryon and Ben. 
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. Memorials may be made to Homelink of St. Peters Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena Mt. 59601. 

Merek Michael Muszkiewicz 
Merck Michael Muszkiewicz was born to Luke and Virginia Muszkiewicz at 8:25 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2002, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland, Ore. 
He had his father's hands and perfect nose and his mother's imperfect feet. Merek spent his short life in the comfort of his parents. He passed away a little over an hour after he was born. 
Merek is survived by his mother and father, Luke and Virginia Muszkiewicz, his grandparents, Art and Linda Compton, John and Debbie Reeves, and Mike Muszkiewicz, and aunt and uncles, Annie and Dustin Shaw and Alex Compton, all of Helena. 
He is treasured and missed by all. 

Del Reese Klundt 
Del Reese Klundt, age 39, died Sept. 9, 2002, in an automobile accident near Helena. He was born Nov. 1, 1962, in Bussae-Foret, Charente-Maritime, France to Karl and Elaise Klundt. 
Del had an outgoing personality and loved spending time with friends and family. He also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. 
Survivors include his parents, Karl and Elaise Klundt of Decator, Ala.; a brother, Rodney Klundt of Billings, sisters Karla and Dreama of Decator; his daughters, Kelcie and Alanna of Decator; and son Caleb Klundt of Boulder; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church, 3384 Canyon Ferry Road. 

Lt. Col. Samuel A. Mitchell 
Lt. Col. Samuel A. Mitchell, USAF (Ret), passed away Sept. 11, 2002, at the age of 86. He was the son of Sam W. Mitchell a former secretary of State of Montana. 
Survivors include his wife, Harriet Mitchell, San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Sherrie M. Jessen, Divide, Colo.; son, Samuel A. Mitchell, Fort Collins, Colo.; grandchildren, Samuel A. Mitchell III, James Daniel Mitchell and H. Michael Wolfe V; great-grandchildren, H. Michael Wolfe VI, and Rachel Lauren Wolfe. 
No services are planned at this time. 

Mary ‘Rosie’ Parks Hermes 
Mary “Rosie” Parks Hermes, 89, of Missoula, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002. She was born Oct. 11, 1912, in Ogden, Utah, the daughter of Katherine and John Brown. 
Mary cooked for sororities and fraternities at the University of Montana and cleaned and maintained draperies for several businesses in Missoula. She was active in the Good Sam Club and was loved by all. She’ll be remembered for her great sense of humor and a wonderful, fun-loving personality. 
Her family includes a son, John Parks, his wife Deborah, of Stevensville, and their children Gary Parks, Brian Parks, Bruce Parks and his wife Michelle, Lacey Wisherd and her husband Amos and Kevin Parks and his wife Joan; a daughter Arlene Goudette and husband Bill of Missoula, and their children Ray Goudette and wife Mary, Sherrie Johnson, Robby Goudette and wife Judy; daughter-in-law Pat Jacobs and her husband John; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son James Parks, her first husband Arlee Parks and later, Ed Hermes. 
Services will be held at a later date. The family suggests that memorials be made to St. Anthony’s Parish, 217 Tremont, Missoula, MT 59801; or the American Diabetes Association, 7 W. 6th Ave. Suite 4F, Helena, MT 59601. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

James V. Brackett 
James V. Brackett, of Vienna, Va., son of Lillian and Perry Brackett of Helena, died as the result of a car accident Nov. 30, 2002, on the Washington Beltway. 
Jim was 43 years old. He was Past Master of Sharon Lodge #327, McLean, Va., and past High Priest of Royal Arch, York Rite. He was instrumental in developing The Sharon Lodge Scholarship Fund. He was also very active in the United Church of Christ in Alexandria, Va. 
He is survived by his wife, Beth; his parents; and a sister, Janine Sauer, of Mt. View, Calif., along with several cousins. 

Viola Rae Lawerence 
Viola Rae Lawerence died Aug. 17, 2002, at her home at Lakeside Ranch on Hauser Lake. She was born in Missoula on April 28, 1917, to Bert and Jennie Goodman. 
Viola spent her early years at the Duck Creek Ranger Station near Townsend. Her family later moved to Helena where she attended school, graduating from Helena High School in 1934. 
She married Harry Amundson in 1937, moving to his ranch on Hauser Lake. He preceded her in death in 1972. Her sister, Jenny Carlson, and a granddaughter, Patricia Donovan, also preceded her in death. 
Viola later married Mallory Lawrence who survives her. Additional survivors include her three children, Cleber Amundson of Helena, Vickie Amundson of Missoula, and Sharon Amundson of Clarkston, Wash.; a brother, Bert Goodman of Great Falls; and a sister, Mary Bell of Livingston; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Betty J. Morman 
DEER LODGE - Betty J. Morman, age 64, died at her home Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, after a long bout with cancer. She was born May 22, 1938, in Hettinger, N.D., to Matt and Mary Korang. 
She married Merril Morman on April 19, 1958, and they shared 44 happy years together. In 1964 they moved to Deer Lodge, where they raised their five children. 
Survivors include husband, Merril of Deer Lodge; brothers, Shorty and Dave Korang of Helena; sons, Merril G. Morman of Deer Lodge and Scott Morman of Oklahoma; daughters, Penny Morman of Deer Lodge, Cocetta Davidson and Dani Kooyman, both of Washington; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 
Visitation will begin at noon Sunday, Aug. 25, followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m., all at the Jewell Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Powell County or donor's choice. 

Louise Howell 
Louise Howell, 82, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Rocky Mountain Care Center. 
Louise was born in Monroe, La., on Nov. 14, 1918, to Henry and Lula Howell. In October of 1972, Louise met the love of her life, James Uncle. Louise was devoted to James and found her greatest pleasure in spending time with him. 
She is survived by uncles and three nieces Pat McKiel, Judy Perryman and Jeri Wray. 
Services will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. at the VA cemetery. 

Alice Honora Marie Russell 
Alice Honora Marie (Wetsch) Russell of Helena passed away Sept. 14, 2002, at Big Sky Care Center from an extended illness. Alice was born Aug. 20, 1929, in Tacoma, Wash. She was a daughter of Jacob and Ida Wetsch. 
She moved to Bozeman as a child where she was raised. She met Kenneth M. Russell and they were married on Oct. 18, 1948. He survives. 
Additional survivors include a daughter Sylvia (Vince) Vargo of Helena; two sons Gary (Sharon) Russell, and Randy (Judy) Russell, both of Helena; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; three sisters Frances, Helen and June of Washington; and two brothers Ron and Leo of California. A son, John Russell, her parents and two sisters preceded her in death. 
Alice was a devoted wife and mother who always gave of herself. She enjoyed hobbies and crafts and helping others in need. She loved children 
Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Helena Funeral Chapel, 314 N. Rodney St. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Hannaford Bible Church, 830 N. Fee St. A reception will follow at the church. Interment will be at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman, at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Helena Funeral Chapel has completed funeral arrangements. 

Kenneth Charles Lipke 
Kenneth Charles Lipke, age 88, of Helena, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at a local care facility. 
Ken worked as an aircraft mechanic for McDonald Douglas of Long Beach, Calif. His wife, Betty, preceded him in death in October 1992. 
Ken is survived by his daughter, Shirley Munich, of West Port ,Wash.; brothers Stanley Lipke of Tacoma, Wash., and Ted Lipke of Bakersfield, Calif.; and two grandchildren. No formal funeral services are scheduled at this time. Retz Funeral Home is care of the arrangements.

Beatrice Fagrelius
Pneumonia at the age of 103. 
She was born in Ophir, Colo., on July 31, 1897, and lived in Colorado marrying Hugo O. Fagrelius Dec. 23, 1920. 
In 1929, they moved to Great Falls and then to Helena in 1943 where Hugo retired from Mountain Bell Telephone Co. in 1960. They moved to Denver in 1968. Hugo preceded her in death in 1969. In 1985, Beatrice moved from Denver to Dallas to be near her daughter. 
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Frances Fagrelius of Helena; daughter and son-in-law, Jacquie and Dick Tobin of Plano, Texas, formerly of Helena; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grand children. 
A memorial graveside service was held at Fairmont Cemetery in Denver on Jan. 13, where she was buried next to her husband. 

Dorothy Rose (Smith) Finn, 90, of White Sulphur Springs passed away Jan. 17, 2001, at St. Peter’s Hospital. 
Dorothy was born March 3, 1910, to Chester Corwin (CC) and Jeannie Anderson Smith in Shonkin, (a small community east of Fort Benton). The second of seven children, Dorothy spent her childhood in Fort Benton, Belt, Monarch and Neihart. In October 1931 she married Daniel T. Finn in White Sulphur Springs, where they remained. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan in January 1995; sisters, Lillian Anderson and Florence Vance; brother, Thomas C. Smith; grandchildren, Susan Simonds, Bret Simonds and Vicki Johnson. She is survived by brother, Merritt Smith of White Sulphur Springs sister, Mable Gabriels; children, Jerry Finn of Billings, Joy (Don) Johnson of Helena, Marjorie Simonds of Neekoosa, Wis., Vivian Reynolds of Anaconda, Buzz Fin of Big Timber, Kitsie (Ron) Rossland of Helena; 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. 
Dorothy was active in the VFW Auxiliary 5609, ODO, the Meagher County Senior Center and it’s senior bend. She enjoyed playing pinochle, riding in the hills, picking wild berries, listening to country music and reading and writing poetry, sipping a cup of hot tea and eating a piece of two layer chocolate cake with nuts. 
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Twichel Funeral Home in White Sulphur Springs, with interment to follow in Mayn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Meagher County Senior Center, P.O. Box 682, White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645. 

William Arthur McCormick, age 73, of Polson, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, after a long struggle with congestive heart failure. 
He was born Oct. 21, 1927, in Yakima, Wash. Bill graduated from Grandview High School in Washington. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. 
He attended Gonzaga University and the University of Montana where he earned a law degree and married Barbara Bruce of Helena. 
He practiced law for 10 years in Montana including an assignment as assistant attorney general under Forrest Anderson. He then returned to Washington, where he practiced law from 1970-1990 out of Prosser, Wash., and the Tri-Cities. 
Bill was especially known for his wit and wisdom. Family and friends appreciated his sense of humor and general intellect and insight. He enjoyed fishing and cooking and spent the last ten years on Flathead Lake outside of Polson, doing quite a bit of both. 
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his children, William McCormick Jr. of Polson, Jeannie Hayden and her husband, Ralph of Bellingham, Wash., Charles McCormick of Warm Springs, Belinda McCormick-Goodenough and her husband, Todd of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and John McCormick of Polson; four grandchildren, Ralph Patrick, Katie Hayden, Leah McCormick and Garrett Goodenough. 
Memorial services will be held Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson. and Monday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Prosser. 

Patricia Ann Settle, 58, of Miles City died Jan. 16, 2001, in Miles City. 
Patricia was born in Helena on March 22, 1942, to Howard H and Eleanore Katherine (Mayer) Fisher. She attended school at Wolf Creek and graduated from Central High School in Anaconda. She attended St. Patrick’s Nursing College in Missoula. 
On Nov. 5, 1966, she married Robert C. Settle in Helena 
Patricia was a nursing supervisor at St. Peter’s Hospital, was director of nurses at Western Care and at the Helena Nursing Home in Helena until 1995. 
Patricia is survived by her husband, Robert C. Settle of Miles City; daughter, Katherine Diane Settle of Miles City; brother, Mark Fisher of Phoenix; sisters, MaryBelle Fisher-Gracey and husband, Harry of Cambridge, Mass., Faye Fisher of Tucson, Ariz., and Barbara Fisher- Singer and husband Ron of Great Falls. Her parents preceded her in death. 
Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial has been held. Rite of committal will be Saturday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. in the family lot of the Wibaux Cemetery in Wibaux. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Custer County 4-H Scholarship Fund.

Guy Rea Young 
Guy Rea Young, 84, of Helena, died July 30, 2001. He was born on Nov. 1, 1916, to Herbert and Mary Louise Young on the family homestead, at Flat, Mont., east of Roundup. He was raised on the homestead and attended Roundup High School. 
A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army in from Oct. 1, 1941, to Dec. 20, 1945, with tours of duty in the Philippines, New Guinea and Australia. 
On Nov. 27, 1946, he married Esther Olsen. They farmed at Deaver, Wyo. from 1948 to 1956. They returned to Montana and Guy worked at the Billings Livestock Commission. They moved to Helena where Guy worked for the Forest Service from 1964, retiring in 1979. 
Guy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, painting and spending winters in Arizona. 
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Esther Young; Grafton Beasley of Helena, who was like a son to him, and his children, Shauna Beasley Ryan of East Helena, Kelsey Beasley of Sacramento, Calif., Jamie Beasley of Bozeman, Veronica Beasley of Lewistown, Anthony Beasley of Helena; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Mignon Waterman of Helena. His son, Gary, preceded him in death in 1966. 
Funeral services will be Thursday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at Lindens Herrmann and Co., 314 N. Rodney. Viewing will be at the funeral home beginning on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9 a.m. to service time. Burial will follow at Ft. Harrison Veteran’s Cemetery. Lindens Herrmann and Co. Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

James Arthur Olsen 
James Arthur (Art) Olsen, 85, died on Sunday, June 17, 2001, at Twin Falls Care Center. He was born on Jan. 9, 1916, in Ephraim, Utah, to the late James Andrew and Katie Christensen Olsen. 
A memorial service and inurnment will be held on Friday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Forestvale Cemetery. 
The family suggests that memorial contributions be given to the American Cancer Society, c/o Hazel Wilder, 359 Orchalara Ave., Twin Falls, ID 83301. White Mortuary is in care of the arrangements.

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